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Old School Square CEO resigns

Rob Steele has resigned from his role as CEO and president of Old School Square.

In a letter dated May 15, Chairman of the OSS board William Morris stated that the board is “developing plans to commence a search for Mr. Steele’s replacement.”

In the interim, Chief Financial Officer Kim Jones will assume the role of Acting Chief Operating Officer, the letter states.

“We are appreciative of Mr. Steele’s service to Old School Square, and we are grateful for the advancements he State made to our organization during his tenure with us,” the letter states.

Science Center and Aquarium promotes new CEO

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has a new CEO.

The Board of Trustees promoted Kate Arrizza from COO to CEO. Lew Crampton will maintain his leadership role as president, but stepped down after becoming a Palm Beach Town Council member.

“Kate’s promotion to CEO and Lew’s continued participation as president will make this a seamless transition,” said Matt Lorentzen, chairman of the SFSCA board. “The Science Center is poised for even more great things under their continued leadership and we remain grateful for their dedication and commitment to our success.”

Crampton started his time at the SFSCA in 2010 as interim CEO. Under his direction, the Science Center has raised $15 million in five years to double the size of its facility to 42,000-square-feet; and tripled its operating revenue, attendance and programming, according to Lorentzen.

Crampton’s right hand during each of those milestones and fiscal/programming successes has been Arrizza, who started her connection with the Science Center as a volunteer in the late 1990s. A Naval Academy graduate and former U.S. Navy officer who specialized in education and training, Arrizza holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.

As Science Center COO, she was responsible for all budgeting, scheduling and grant review, with a focus on staff development and program implementation. In her new CEO role, Arrizza will take part in all strategic initiatives and work with major donors – continuing to elevate the profile of the Science Center locally, regionally and nationally.

“Growing up in Palm Beach County, the Science Center changed my life as early as I can remember,” Arrizza said. “Having the chance to directly impact other children as I was impacted gives me goosebumps. I feel exceedingly fortunate to be doing my dream job and serving my community even more in this new role.”

Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society names new president, CEO

Margo McKnight is the new president and CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society.

The former Florida Aquarium Senior Vice President of Conservation, Science and Research, took up the post on May 21.

At The Florida Aquarium, McKnight created the ground-breaking coral conservation collaboration with the National Aquarium of Cuba. She is also credited with designing the organization’s Center for Conservation at Apollo Beach, which focuses on shark, sea turtle and coral conservation. Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director of the Wildlands Network conservation organization.

As Executive Director of the Brevard Zoo from 1998-2004, McKnight created an internationally recognized conservation program, enabled her Zoo to be the first in the U.S. to create a “kayak through animal habitats” experience, and designed themed classrooms for Title I schools. She has also held numerous positions at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

McKnight graduated from the University of South Florida, and also pursued field work in ornithology. She is a seasoned spokesperson, artist, and outdoor enthusiast. The Miami native will be relocating to the Palm Beach area with her horses and dog.

West Boca Medical Center appoints new Director of Emergency Services

West Boca Medical Center has promoted Tracey Brown, R.N. as its new director of emergency services.

In her new role, Brown will be responsible for managing the clinical nursing staff and administrative planning for emergency services.

“As someone who has worked at West Boca Medical Center for the past eight years in our emergency department, we are confident Tracey will continue to lead both our adult and pediatric ER’s to provide quality care,” CEOMitch Feldman said. “Her expertise will benefit our patients, staff and continue to enhance West Boca Medical Center.”

Prior to her appointment to director of emergency, she served as the assistant director of the emergency department at West Boca. As assistant director, her responsibilities included overseeing and managing the staff for the satellite emergency department in Coconut Creek.  Tracey received her Bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University, before earning her Master’s degree from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama.

C3 recognized as Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider

Delray Beach-based Cloud Computing Concepts has fulfilled the requirements to become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider.

Recognition as a Red Hat CCSP enables C3 to provide fully supported Red Hat solutions to its rapidly growing customer base.

Red Hat is a world leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies.